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National Army Museum

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Address: State Highway 1, Waiouru, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 6-387 6911
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

The National Army Museum, is an army war museum in Waiouru, New Zealand,...

The National Army Museum, is an army war museum in Waiouru, New Zealand, providing access to a unique collection of military exhibits, vehicles, memorabilia and public research material. The Museum is guardian to many of our national treasures, the displays are exceptional, the experience unforgettable.The Museum's Military Archive & Research Library is one of the leading military research centres in New Zealand. The Museum Gift Shop has an assortment of quality products for any special occasion. Kidz HQ is an interactive area for the children to enjoy; with puzzles, dress up and so much more. Our Cafe offers an array of tempting morsels to satisfy your taste buds.The National Army Museum open from 9.00am - 4.30pm seven days a week (with the exception of Christmas Day when the Museum is closed). Discover New Zealand's military history, engage with real life soldiers' stories and reflect on how conflict has shaped our nation.

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Stunningly amazing

so so glad we stopped here - taking our time to soak in all this gem has to offer - friendly staff - a real asset to New Zealand

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
North Shore City, New Zealand
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North Shore City, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

so so glad we stopped here - taking our time to soak in all this gem has to offer - friendly staff - a real asset to New Zealand

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Lapu Lapu, Philippines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

As an Ex Artillery man, I have been watching this museum grow and develop over the years. For me, coming back this time, it was a Poignant reminder of the ultimate sacrifice that men and women have been making in the service to their country. The displays have just been getting better and better, and this time is no different.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The museum is really well laid out. Very informative with lots to do and see. I particularly liked the fact that the New Zealand Wars were acknowledged. I really enjoyed the individual stories too. I was there for almost 2 hours and only saw about 2/3. But then I am a slow reader.

Thank chrismI3414EK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been reading about the Great War and after a visit to the Wellington museum, National Army Museum was next, heading to Tokoroa. It was a good little look around.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was really neat to learn about a different country's military history. Pretty convenient location. Friendly and knowledgeable staff.

Thank Andrew M
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We'd driven past a number of times, but this was the first time we'd stopped. The staff were friendly and the selection of displays and artifacts was larger than I expected. There was a little "tick sheet" for our youngest to do, so everyone had an activity to focus on. The size and selection was surprisingly large. In addition, the... More 

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New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016

The National Army Museum is a treasure, and one that is worth stopping for. too often people just drive past. The Museum is like the Tardis - its bigger on the inside than it appears from the outside, with three floors of exhibits. It takes at least an hour to see it very quickly, and you should plan to spend... More 

Thank Brett M
Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016 via mobile

Have often driven past but decided to stop. Well worth the visit. Its well laid out and good signage explaining major campaigns. It wasnt so focussed on the weapons as some war museums are and that was good. It is very big so we will have to go back and finish the ground floor. We spent nearly 2 hours. Time... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2016 via mobile

We stopped for a drink at the cafe. The staff were all sitting together at a table in the cafe. One got up to serve us with a cold drink from the cabinet. We weren't offered a glass or straw, and when I remarked on it, he returned to sit with the others and ignore us. Terrible impression to leave... More 

Thank DerynL
Manawatu-Wanganui Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016

All too often I've had to drive right past this establishment but today it was the port of call There was so ,much I did not know - and I'm sure if I went back tomorrow I'd learn more.......really interesting stuff. Great exhibits, staff - just a wonderful place to vist - do't forget their cafe=awesome!

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